Sep 30, 2008

Delcam predicts record Asian sales at Taiwan Summit

Delcam announced that the company is on target to achieve record sales in Asia this year at its Asian Technical Summit held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, last week. As might be expected, sales in Greater China and India are showing the fastest growth, but Delcam’s Sales Partners in many other countries are also expecting to see their best results.

Delcam’s Asian Technical Summit is held each year to present the latest developments from the company to its leading customers and the technical media in the region. This year’s meeting was the eighth in the series and the first to be held in Taiwan. Close to 100 delegates attended from 13 countries. They were welcomed to Kaohsiung at the opening dinner by Mr. Y.K. Tseng, Chairman of the Taiwan Mold & Die Industry Association.

With around half of the company’s revenue from software sales spent on research and development, there is always a large number of new products and enhancements to cover. This year’s meeting included demonstrations of new versions of all of Delcam’s main software products for design, machining and inspection, together with details on new products, such as the OrthoModel software for orthotics manufacture, and the DentCAD and DentMILL systems for the dental industry.

These demonstrations were complemented by presentations from a number of Delcam’s customers, including surgeon Ninian Peckitt, dental company Cerasys, footwear giants adidas and machine tool supplier YCM. These highlighted the wide range of different industries where the software is now used. More traditional Delcam applications in the toolmaking industry were demonstrated during a visit to Jui Li Enterprise Co. Ltd., one of the largest press tool manufacturers in Taiwan.

The programme was completed with contributions from the event’s sponsors, hardware suppliers HP, metrology specialists Renishaw and rapid prototyping system manufacturers Z-Corp.

Longview Advisors Announces the 2009 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Conference

Longview Advisors, organizers of the annual 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Conference (CIC), is proud to announce the 2009 event, which will be held May 17-20 in Estes Park, Colorado. Visit the conference web site: www.3dinterop.com to learn more, or to receive future updates about the event.

Now in its fifth year, the CIC is the only vendor-neutral conference in the world addressing collaboration and interoperability in CAD and manufacturing. The two-and-a-half day international event will give attendees a unique opportunity to interact, learn, and share experiences with many of the thought leaders from automotive, aerospace, heavy equipment, electronics industries, along with representatives from government and defense communities.

“The CIC event has rapidly grown into an essential forum for engineering professionals, vendors, and managers,” explains David Prawel, president of Longview Advisors. “The dialogue at CIC has become a yearly barometer of the state of collaboration and interoperability issues, which have such a huge impact on PLM success and overall productivity across all sectors of manufacturing.”

John Clauson, CAD Manager at Indak Manufacturing Corporation and an attendee at the 2008 CIC, comments: “This conference gave me unique and valuable insights into the scope of interoperability problems we all face, as well as what my colleagues in the top shops are doing about it. I firmly believe that in years to come, this conference will contribute new methods and standards for managing our multi-CAD world. I'm so glad I participated."

"The conference is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas with people and also to better understand the technologies in the new products in an event not biased to a single vendor,” says Marco Cecchini, Product Development Engineering Manager, Embraer S.A.

"The CIC event was truly unique,” adds Dr. Mike Jahadi Senior Manager of CAD/CAM Integration & Strategic Planning Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, who also participated in the 2008 conference. “The atmosphere enabled us to have an opportunity to network, interact, learn and share experiences with my true peers. The content addressed issues that I am facing in my real-world responsibilities. In addition, I enjoyed the quality time that we were afforded with the vendors at their technology fair. We are definitely looking forward to next year's event and we expect more of our team to attend."

About Longview Advisors

Longview Advisors Inc. provides consulting services in the business, technology and application of 3D software in product lifecycle management. For more information, please visit: www.longviewadvisors.com, or the Longview advisors blog: www.3Dubiquity.com. To find out more about participating in the 2009 3D Colloboration & Interoperability Conference, please visit: www.3Dinterop.com.

Lucid Gives Facelifts a Charge with SolidWorks Software

A 10-minute, non-surgical facelift from a device that clinicians can also use to “erase wrinkles and inches” was unheard of before U.K. consultancy Lucid Product Design Group recently developed one in SolidWorks® 3D CAD software. Genie Complete uses patented electrotherapy technology to deliver the latest in skin rejuvenation and toning and has been launched in China.

Genie Tech is a Liverpool, U.K. company that has commercialized breakthrough electrotherapy research from Scotland’s University of Glasgow to deliver concentrated electric charges for 10-minute facelifts without scalpels. Genie Complete delivers precisely controlled microbursts of electricity that stimulate cells for a variety of different skin treatments. Without any product development experience, Genie Tech worked with Lucid Product Design Group to develop the multi-faceted device from the ground up. Lucid, a longtime SolidWorks customer, had a very short window to design, prototype, refine (based on user feedback), and produce a working model.

“First mover status was critical, so we needed a partner that could develop the product based on all of the necessary input in less than a year,” said David Rosenblatt, Genie’s managing director. “We hired Lucid largely on the basis of its long track record using SolidWorks in our line of business – not just as a technical design tool – but as a way of clearly visualizing ideas.”

Genie Complete delivers the electric charges via contact pads attached to affected areas of the skin or pen-type probes used to massage the area during treatment. Lucid engineers used SolidWorks eDrawings® e-mail-enabled design communication tool to send easy-to-understand solid models of the Genie design to beauticians, who could review the device’s shape and interior and provide direct feedback.

“Aside from the electronics, ergonomics and aesthetics rule the design. So user input is a must,” said Alistair Williamson, managing director at Lucid. “SolidWorks allowed us to get quick verification of design ideas from those users and innovate on-screen so that we could accelerate prototyping and finalize a design suitable for market distribution within 10 months.”

Engineers also used the SolidWorks SimulationXpress design validation tool to help ensure structural components would be optimized for minimal weight, cost effective enough to make, and strong enough to stand up to constant use. Using SolidWorks sheet metal functionality enabled suppliers to better determine costs while maximizing materials use quickly and accurately.

“Lucid Product Design Group has again demonstrated what it means to transform a truly innovative concept into a working product,” said Chris McManus, the U.K. and Ireland country manager for Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. “The Genie Complete stands as an example of the power of SolidWorks’ integrated product development software to help startups gain a business advantage.”

Lucid Design Group relies on authorized SolidWorks reseller NT CADCAM for ongoing software training, implementation, and support.

About Lucid Product Design Group

Lucid Product Design Group was formed in 2002. Today its team includes industrial designers, graphical interface developers, mechanical, software, and electronic engineers. Lucid Group is able to manage entire projects, from initial ideas, research, concepts, and designs, through to prototypes, further development, and production. The company has been ISO9001:2000 accredited since its inception. For more information, visit the Web site ( www.lucidinnovation.com).


Launched in 1996, NT CADCAM is one of the U.K.’s leading providers of the highly affordable, premier design software solution, SolidWorks. NT CADCAM offers designers and manufacturers complete design and engineering solutions built around SolidWorks. The company also provides customers with comprehensive product data management (PDM), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), finite element analysis (FEA), and knowledge-based engineering (KBE) solutions. For more information, visit the company’s Web site ( www.ntcadcam.co.uk).

About Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp., a Dassault Systèmes S.A. (Nasdaq: DASTY, Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) brand, develops and markets software for design, analysis, and product data management. It is the leading supplier of 3D CAD technology, giving teams intuitive, high-performing software that helps them design better products. For the latest news, information, or an online demonstration, visit the company’s Web site ( www.solidworks.com) or call 1-800-693-9000 (outside of North America, call +1-978-371-5000).

About Dassault Systèmes

As a world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 100,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire lifecycle of products from conception to maintenance to recycling. The Dassault Systèmes portfolio consists of CATIA for designing the virtual product - SolidWorks for 3D mechanical design - DELMIA for virtual production - SIMULIA for virtual testing - ENOVIA for global collaborative lifecycle management, and 3DVIA for online 3D lifelike experiences. Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges. For more information, visit http://www.3ds.com.

CATIA, DELMIA, ENOVIA, SIMULIA, 3DVIA, SolidWorks, and eDrawings are registered trademarks of Dassault Systèmes or its subsidiaries in the US and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright © 2008 Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

QuadriSpace introduces the first 3D PDF authoring suite priced under $100

QuadriSpace™ Corporation, a leading provider of 3D communication and documentation software, today redefined the way companies use 3D PDF by offering a low-cost alternative that is easy-to-use.

Today, QuadriSpace announced that it now offers a 3D PDF communication suite for only $95. This software allows users to effectively communicate using the powerful 3D PDF file format. The 3D PDF file format has provided a strong platform which allows users to embed 3D models in a standard document format and then share this document with others who are able to rotate, pan and zoom the 3D model interactively.

QuadriSpace offers a complete set of authoring tools that make it easy to create these powerful 3D PDF files. The entry level product is now available for less than $100. Unlike Acrobat™ Professional Extended, which merely allows users to add 3D to existing PDF documents, QuadriSpace’s patented approach allows users to author documents from scratch and share these as 3D PDF documents complete with text, tables, multiple pages, markups and clickable bookmarks that animate between 3D views. In addition, Acrobat requires the use of an external program to edit the 3D; QuadriSpace provides an integrated environment that lets users edit the 3D directly without leaving the document authoring application.

“With this $95 product, QuadriSpace is breaking two significant barriers to widespread 3D PDF use: ease of creation and affordability,” states Brian Roberts, President, “Now anyone can share 3D without a big investment or wasted time learning multiple, complicated programs.”

Further, fully interactive documents, such as step-by-step procedures or clickable part lists can be created with QuadriSpace without writing a single line of JavaScript. Similar documents would require a full-time software development project in Acrobat but are as easy to create in QuadriSpace as using Microsoft® PowerPoint.

Ease-of-use is not the only benefit of using QuadriSpace. With this solution, you can quickly update entire documents when your 3D model changes. This update process will modify every relevant 3D view that you captured and then create a new 3D PDF that includes all of the changes to the 3D model, saving days of tedious rework.

Download the free Document3D Personal Edition at: http://www.quadrispace.com/downloads/index.htm

About QuadriSpace
QuadriSpace Corporation ( http://www.quadrispace.com) delivers premier Product Communication and Documentation solutions using its patented technology (U.S. Patent # 7,068,269). Our software solutions enhance productivity by enabling 3D CAD and associated data reuse throughout the business process. The easy-to-use suite of products minimizes the time to market and the documentation costs throughout the enterprise. QuadriSpace products serve a broad user base of engineers, marketing and technical publication professionals.

STMicroelectronics and Waseda University Humanoid Robotics Institute Unveil High-Performance Two-Wheel Inverted Pendulum Robot via R&D Cooperation

New Development Promotes Innovation in Humanoid Robotics and Medical Fields

TOKYO -- STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM), one of the world's leading semiconductor companies, and the Waseda University Humanoid Robotics Institute (HRI), a global leader in state-of-the-art robotics research, today announced the development of a high-performance two-wheel inverted pendulum robot, called WV-1 (Waseda wheeled Vehicle-No.1), which is the first result of an ongoing cooperation for the research and development of technology and solutions for innovative humanoid robots and medical-care robot systems. The WV-1 will be displayed at the ST booth (Booth No. 8K26) at CEATEC JAPAN 2008 to be held at the "Makuhari Messe" in Chiba Prefecture from September 30 to October 4, 2008.

ST and HRI are cooperating to use leading-edge semiconductor know-how to promote the speedier development of innovative 'humanoids' and medical-care robotic systems, involving researchers and development engineers from both ST and HRI. ST will become a supplier to HRI for semiconductor products, while also furnishing HRI with the leading-edge semiconductor prototypes on a cost-free basis, making it possible for HRI to conduct advanced evaluations of possible humanoid and medical-care robotic applications. In addition, future cooperation between ST and HRI is expected to include the establishment of an ST-sponsored scholarship system for HRI students.

"With expectations running high for the growth of humanoid and medical-care robotic systems markets, semiconductor-fueled innovation is an extremely important field," said Marco Cassis, Corporate Vice President and President of STMicroelectronics K.K., ST's subsidiary in Japan. "By combining HRI's globally renowned breakthroughs in robotics and ST's highly advanced know-how in semiconductor technology, we are confident in our ability to accelerate technological innovation in humanoid robotics and medical-care robot systems. We are very pleased to announce the development of this robot, in addition to our cooperative relationship with HRI, the first that ST has established with a Japanese university."

"Robotics Technology (RT) is expected to be a fundamental technology for the sustainable development of human society in the 21st century and is expected to be widely applied in manufacturing industries as well as in such industries such as nursing care and medical treatment as well as in industries confronted by food and environmental issues," said Professor Shuji Hashimoto, Director of the Waseda University HRI. "HRI has been researching and developing advanced intelligent robots for the next generation through the integration of machine technology and information technology. The introduction of cutting-edge microelectronics technology is essential to the realization of such robots. We thus have high expectations that our cooperation with ST will accelerate our research. In addition, we will pursue a new model of industrial-academic cooperation through concrete cooperative activities with ST in education and research fields."

The WV-1 is a two-wheeled robot on which a pole with weights is installed in an inverted fashion on a pedestal. A feedback system, controlled with the STM32, ST's ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-M3 based 32-bit MCU and the LIS344ALH 3-axis digital acceleration sensor, allows the robot to move while maintaining its balance. The MCU rapidly computes the angle of robot body incline, angular velocity and other sensor data, enabling the motor to constantly generate optimum torque, which allows the robot to continue moving smoothly without tipping over. Potential applications for this inverted pendulum robot control technology include postural control functions for humanoids and other devices, realizing new means of mobility.

HRI received a grant from "the project for reinforcement of development technologies for robotics" from The Robotics Industry Development Council. The grant was used for the development of the WV-1. Additionally, HRI is now working on plans to commercialize the robot.

About STMicroelectronics

STMicroelectronics is a global leader in developing and delivering semiconductor solutions across the spectrum of microelectronics applications. An unrivalled combination of silicon and system expertise, manufacturing strength, Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio and strategic partners positions the Company at the forefront of System-on-Chip (SoC) technology and its products play a key role in enabling today's convergence markets. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on Euronext Paris and on the Milan Stock Exchange. In 2007, the Company's net revenues were $10 billion. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.

About Waseda University Humanoid Robotics Institute

The Waseda University Humanoid Robotics Institute (HRI) was founded in April 2000 with the goal of promoting research and development capable of forging new people-machine interfaces in the advanced information-oriented age. HRI organizes the research community of robotics "Global Robot Academia" which HRI's major members take a leading part, and also has been selected as a research base for the "Grobal Center of Excellence Program," a vision being advanced by Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in support of the creation of top world level universities with international competitiveness. It has also established "ROBOCASA" and "Robot-An", joint research laboratories with the Advanced Robotics Technology and Systems Laboratory of Saint Anna School of Advanced Studies of Italy, in working to emerge as a pivotal foundation for cooperation between Europe and Asia.

http://www.humanoid.waseda.ac.jp/index-j.html (Japanese)

http://www.humanoid.waseda.ac.jp/index.html (English)

About Waseda University

Waseda University is one Japan's premier general universities, currently consisting of approximately 50,000 regular students, 16 academic departments, 23 postgraduate courses, two affiliated high schools and an arts school, along with libraries, attached research laboratories, research centers and other outstanding facilities. Waseda strives tirelessly to forge progressive research systems capable of leading Asia and the world, project research centers harnessing versatile approaches to advance scholastic studies and otherwise empower research rooted in the importance of industry, government and academic collaboration. In the mission to keep university education closely in tune with the dynamic new era, Waseda vigorously promotes open undergraduate education, networking and digitalization. With the focus on open education centers, meanwhile, cooperation between the Center for International Education, Career Center, Media Network Center, academic departments and graduate schools is used to fully utilize the merits of an integrated university in offering an impressive range of programs.

http://www.waseda.jp/top/index-j.html (Japanese)

http://www.waseda.jp/top/index-e.html (English)

Successful Contribution of AutoForm at Numisheet 2008

Successful Contribution of AutoForm at Numisheet 2008

AutoForm Engineering GmbH, the leading supplier of software solutions for the sheet metal forming industry, successfully participated at the Numisheet 2008 conference in Interlaken, Switzerland from 1-5 September. The excellent benchmark results at the conference confirmed that AutoForm software is not only the acknowledged industry standard, but also widely used for academic and scientific studies. AutoForm was the most used software code for the Numisheet Benchmark Study.

The Numisheet conference was an excellent opportunity for both engineers and scientists to meet in person and to share their latest achievements in the field of numerical sheet metal forming. Summarizing the expertise of the participants, simulation of sheet metal forming processes has obviously reached a high level of accuracy. Today, this technology can be reliably used for springback calculation and its compensation in industrial applications.

The involvement of AutoForm was meaningful and marked an important contribution to the conference. The company actively participated in two benchmark studies: one on springback and drawbead modeling provided by Daimler and the other on hot forming processes provided by AUDI. The submitted results clearly indicated that AutoForm was the most used software code. AutoForm showed excellent results in both benchmarks and held top positions among the used software codes.

AutoForm’s competitiveness and its high level of know-how and expertise were not only visible in the benchmark studies. Also the papers and presentations by AutoForm experts on the topics of process planning, cost calculation, springback and hot forming aroused great interest among the audience. In addition to these commitments, AutoForm was also one of the main sponsors along with Daimler and ThyssenKrupp Steel. The Numisheet 2008 conference once again confirmed that AutoForm is not only the acknowledged industry software, but also a widely used software for academic and scientific studies.

Dr. Markus Thomma, Corporate Marketing Director at AutoForm, explains: “Our excellent results at the Numisheet conference clearly reflect AutoForm’s top position in the field of sheet metal forming simulation. We are pleased to see our high level of expertise and leading-edge technology acknowledged at a conference as prestigious as Numisheet.”

About Numisheet 2008
The 7th International Conference and Workshop on Numerical Simulation of 3D Sheet Forming Processes was organized by ETH Zurich and held on September 1-5, 2008 in Interlaken, Switzerland. The first part of the conference covered research and engineering advances in the field of numerical sheet-metal forming, where participants could present their recent developments and trends, new fields of research and new processes. The second part covered three benchmarks, where participants could present their results for well defined and experimentally controlled simulation tasks. The prestigious European car companies BMW, Daimler and AUDI provided benchmarks 1, 2 and 3, respectively. The conference was a great opportunity to compare state of the art simulations with carefully obtained experimental data. For detailed information please visit: www.numisheet2008.org

About AutoForm Engineering GmbH
AutoForm offers software solutions for the die-making and sheet metal forming industries along the entire process chain. With over 200 employees, AutoForm is recognized as the leading provider of software for product manufacturability, tool and material cost calculation, die face design and virtual process optimization. All of the Top 20 automotive OEMs and most of their suppliers have selected AutoForm as their software of choice. Besides its headquarters in Zurich, AutoForm has offices in Germany, The Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, USA, Mexico, India, China, Japan and Korea. AutoForm is also present through its agents in more than 15 other countries. For detailed information please visit: www.autoform.com

SofTech Announces Annual Financial Results for FY 2008

SofTech, Inc. (OTCBB:SOFT), a proven provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, today announced Fiscal Year 2008 results. Revenue for FY 2008 was $10.1 million as compared to $11.0 million for the same period in FY 2007. The Company’s results of operations improved substantially, with the Company’s net loss decreasing by approximately $900,000 from ($1.2 million) ($.10 per share) in FY 2007 to approximately ($300,000) ($.03 per share) in FY 2008.

Net Cash flows from operating activities also improved considerably during FY 2008, increasing from approximately $300,000 (FY 2007) to approximately $1 million (FY 2008), over a 200% increase. While the Company has incurred operating losses during each of the six fiscal years ended May 31, 2006, the Company had income from operations during the last two fiscal years and generated positive net cash flow from operating activities in five out of the last six years. The year the Company failed to generate positive cash flow, it was break even. The Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows for the fiscal years ended May 31, 2008 and 2007 is provided on the attached Financial Summary.

Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”), a non-GAAP financial measure, also improved substantially during FY 2008, increasing from $1.7 million (FY 2007) to $2.4 million (FY 2008), a 42% increase. A reconciliation of EBITDA to Net Loss is provided on the attached Financial Summary.

The Company’s revenue is derived almost entirely from technology acquisitions completed between 1997 and 2002 and the Company’s operations are not capital intensive. As of May 31, 2008, approximately 63% of the Company’s assets represent intangible assets related to these historical acquisitions. The Company does not anticipate making further acquisitions in the foreseeable future. For FY 2008, amortization expense related to these intangible assets was approximately 13% of total expenses and total revenue. Further, the periods over which these intangible costs are expensed are highly judgmental.

The Company believes that EBITDA is useful supplemental information for investors when considered along with net income and other income statement data. The Company believes that EBITDA is useful because it provides investors with information concerning the potential longer term profitability of the Company’s technology assets (subsequent to full amortization of costs), as amortization of acquisition costs has been added back to net income in arriving at EBITDA. Further, management believes that EBITDA provides a useful financial metric by which the Company can be compared with other companies that have different capital structures (interest (a cost of capital) has been added back to net income in arriving at EBITDA). It is also management’s belief that this non-GAAP measure of performance continues to be used in the investment community as a financial metric for business valuation purposes.

However, the Company believes that EBITDA is not a substitute for cash flow from operating activities, which is disclosed above and in the Company’s financial statements. Investors should carefully review the financial statements of the Company in their entirety in order to obtain a complete understanding of the Company’s financial condition and results of operations.

About SofTech

SofTech, Inc. (OTCBB: SOFT) is a proven provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions with its flagship ProductCenter™ PLM solution, and its computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) products, including CADRA™ and Prospector™.

SofTech's solutions accelerate products and profitability by fostering innovation, extended enterprise collaboration, product quality improvements, and compressed time-to-market cycles. SofTech excels in its sensible approach to delivering enterprise PLM solutions, with comprehensive out-of-the-box capabilities, to meet the needs of manufacturers of all sizes quickly and cost-effectively.

Over 100,000 users benefit from SofTech solutions, including General Electric Company, Goodrich, Honeywell, Siemens, Sikorsky Aircraft, U.S. Army, and Whirlpool Corporation. Headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, SofTech (www.softech.com) has locations and distribution partners throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

SofTech, CADRA, ProductCenter and Prospector are trademarks of SofTech, Inc. All other products or company references are the property of their respective holders.

Blue Ridge Numerics Makes Deloitte's Fast 50

For the sixth consecutive year, Blue Ridge Numerics, Inc. has been recognized by Deloitte's prestigious Technology Fast 50 Program as one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in the region. Deloitte & Touche LLP is one of the nation's leading professional services organizations.

Blue Ridge Numerics grew revenue by 236% for the 5-year period of 2003 - 2007. Only Blue Ridge Numerics and three other companies have been ranked among the Fast 50 for six consecutive years.

"Our sustained triple digit growth is a testament to our fantastic team of employees and partners," stated Blue Ridge CEO Ed Williams. "Our CFdesign upfront CFD software remains on the leading edge of the global shift toward digital prototyping in product development."

To be considered, Technology Fast 50 entrants must: have operating revenues of at least $50,000 in 2001 and at least $5,000,000 in 2005; be headquartered in Virginia; own proprietary technology or proprietary intellectual property that contributes to a significant portion of its operating revenues; or devote a significant proportion of revenues to the research and development of technology.

About Blue Ridge Numerics

Blue Ridge Numerics develops CFdesign upfront CFD software which integrates comprehensive fluid flow and heat transfer simulation into the product development process, accelerating innovation and profitability for companies of all sizes. The company's rapidly growing customer list includes worldwide leaders in industries such as aerospace, appliances, automotive, electronics, food and drug, HVAC, material processing, medical, military and defense, plumbing, and power generation.

Luxology's Nexus Powers PhotoView 360, Design Visualization Tool in SolidWorks 2009 3D CAD software

Luxology® LLC, an independent technology company developing modern 3D content creation software, today announced that its Nexus® technology was used to jointly develop PhotoView 360, the new design visualization application that is bundled with SolidWorks Premium and Professional 2009 editions. Designed to deliver new levels of interactivity, the software features physically based lighting, a library of realistic surface appearances and a collection of studio-quality lighting environments. Nexus is the core rendering technology behind PhotoView 360. Information on PhotoView 360 and the complete SolidWorks 2009 offering is available at www.solidworks.com.

“PhotoView 360 is more than a fast renderer, it is an intuitive tool for deciding how different parts of a 3D model should look in the real world and getting a usable image with just the right lighting and camera angle in a matter of minutes,” said Brad Peebler, president of Luxology. “The incredibly complex and sophisticated models that came from SolidWorks required us to optimize our Nexus rendering engine to new levels of efficiency.”

“Our primary goal in developing PhotoView 360 was to allow our customers to get to a great looking image with minimum effort and expertise,” said Austin O’Malley, CTO at Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp. “Luxology’s Nexus technology has allowed us to deliver a product to our customers that removes a lot of the mystery in rendering and delivers very rapid results.”

Nexus is Luxology’s cross platform media-aware architecture that supports the rapid deployment of 2D and 3D authoring and visualization applications, and is the same technology that is used to develop the award-winning modo® software. Nexus includes a variety of modeling, sculpting, rendering, painting and animation capabilities, is multi-core aware and fully scriptable using Perl, Python or LUA.

About PhotoView 360
PhotoView 360 is a highly interactive rendering tool that offers a simplified interface for applying realistic materials to SolidWorks models and rendering out images of photorealistic quality. The software also presents a series of environments to select from that include studio lighting setups and backgrounds. Key to the user experience is a highly interactive rendered preview that allows the model to be positioned and decorated with immediate feedback using standard camera navigation controls. Materials can be applied at the assembly, part, or even individual face level for maximum control. PhotoView 360 is included in both SolidWorks Premium and SolidWorks Professional 2009, which began shipping to customers on Sept. 18, 2008.

About Luxology
Based in San Mateo, Calif., Luxology® LLC is an independent technology company developing next-generation 3D content creation software that enhances productivity via designer-friendly tools powered by the modern underlying architecture known as Nexus®. Founded in 2002 by Allen Hastings, Stuart Ferguson and Brad Peebler, Luxology is home to some of the top 3D engineering expertise in the industry. More information on Luxology, Nexus, its flagship product modo®, and a gallery of customer created images is available online at www.luxology.com.


Data Clean Up Tools automatically updates Pro/ENGINEER® metadata prior to a Windchill Pro/INTRALINK™ or Windchill PDMLink® implementation, removing possible errors.

Minneapolis : Fishbowl Solutions, Inc., a software, services and consulting company delivering solutions for the PTC® Product Development System, has released Data Clean Up Tools, an out-of-the-box solution for PTC Pro/ENGINEER®, Windchill® PDMLink® and Windchill® Pro/INTRALINK™.

It is critical for a company to have clean and accurate metadata when migrating from a file system or Pro/INTRALINK 3.X to Windchill PDMLink or Windchill Pro/INTRALINK. Up-to-date and consolidated metadata will ensure a fast and accurate implementation, as well as a rapid return on investment for a company’s Windchill project.

Fishbowl Solutions’ Data Clean Up Tools eliminates the need for users to manually update attributes, parameters and Life Cycles in their current database’s metadata before migrating to Windchill Pro/INTRALINK or PDMLink. Data Clean Up Tools is an addition to the linkTools product suite, which addresses many Windchill implementation and migration challenges
With Data Clean Up Tools the User can:

* Add a new attribute or parameter and set metadata values for migration.
* Change existing attribute or parameter values.
* Add a new attribute or parameter and map the value from an existing attribute or parameter.
* Delete an existing attribute or parameter.
* Designate an existing attribute or parameter.
* Undesignate an existing attribute or parameter.
* Set Life Cycles states for migration.

Data Clean Up Tools can also be used after a migration to maintain clean and up-to-date metadata. This solution is also highly configurable to meet the needs of the user.

About Fishbowl Solutions

Fishbowl Solutions ( www.fishbowlsolutions.com), founded in 1999, is differentiated by its unparalleled industry and technology expertise, its solid reputation for on-time delivery, its value-added results and its clear-thinking, accountable and knowledgeable people.

Fishbowl Solutions’ areas of expertise include: PTC’s Pro/INTRALINK®, Pro|ENGINEER®, Pro/TOOLKIT®, Pro/INTRALINK ® Toolkit and Windchill® software solutions, as well as being a Gold Level member of the PTC PartnerAdvantage™ Program. Fishbowl also has an outstanding reputation of working with Oracle® (formerly Stellent) content management and has its own suite of add-on software solutions.

VISTAGY and CGTech Partner to Offer Best-in-Class Composites Design-to-Manufacture Solution for Automated Fiber Placement

VISTAGY, Inc., a leading global provider of specialized engineering software, today announced a strategic partnership with CGTech, a recognized leader in Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software for numerical control (CNC/NC) simulation, verification, optimization and analysis software technology for manufacturing. VISTAGY’s FiberSIM® and CGTech’s VERICUT Composite Programming and Simulation Suite (VCP) together provide a best-in-class solution for rapid design and manufacturing iterations to optimize the development of composite structures produced by automated fiber placement (AFP) machines.

This integration enables designers to take into account AFP manufacturing requirements early on and to seamlessly transfer composite design information from FiberSIM to VCP software for creating and validating CNC programs for automated fiber placement (AFP) machines. By enabling more iterations faster and better feedback later in the development process, firms will be better able to evaluate the tradeoffs between manufacturing complexity and cost. It will allow engineers to design specifically for the manufacturing process and allow them to take advantage of innovative uses of composite materials.

“There’s a natural synergy between our products that creates a fast, powerful and flexible software environment for companies designing and manufacturing composite parts,” said Bill Hasenjaeger, CGTech product marketing manager. “FiberSIM’s ability to work with multiple commercial 3D CAD systems combined with VCP’s ability to create CNC programs for multiple AFP systems gives customers the flexibility to choose the best solutions to meet their business requirements."

“Given the rapid growth in the use of composites in industries that develop highly complex structures, the partnership between VISTAGY and CGTech is a natural fit,” said Olivier Guillermin, VISTAGY product and market strategy director. “By integrating our best-in-class software we are able to support a state-of-the art design-through-manufacturing solution that enables companies to produce optimum composites designs and manufacturing processes. I believe this timely partnership will further enable us to support the aerospace industry in the accelerated adoption of composites as the material of choice in the future.”

About CGTech
Headquartered in Irvine, California CGTech specializes in numerical control (NC/CNC) simulation, verification, optimization and analysis software technology for manufacturing. Since 1988 CGTech’s product, VERICUT® software, has become the industry standard for simulating CNC machining in order to detect errors, potential collisions or areas of inefficiency. With offices worldwide, VERICUT software is used by companies of all sizes, universities/trade schools, and government agencies.

About VISTAGY, Inc.
VISTAGY, Inc. develops engineering software that provides specialized functionality to significantly improve the value of commercial 3D CAD systems. VISTAGY’s specialized engineering environments enable engineers to capture and communicate complete digital product definitions within CAD, thereby increasing productivity, improving the communication of product information throughout the product lifecycle, and allowing better informed decision-making early in design. Over 200 companies throughout the world in the aerospace, automotive, marine, wind energy, medical, sporting goods, and transportation interiors industries use VISTAGY software. The company also offers training and consulting services. For more information, contact VISTAGY in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, at +1.781.250.6868 or visit www.vistagy.com “VISTAGY. Engineer success.”™ VISTAGY, the VISTAGY logo, FiberSIM, and Engineer Success are registered trademarks or trademarks of VISTAGY, Inc., in the United States and in other countries. All other companies and products referenced herein have trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

CGTech, OptiPath, and VERICUT are registered trademarks of CGTech. AUTO-DIFF is a trademark of CGTech.

From Cradle to Grave: IBM Consulting Offering Helps Clients Make Products "Greener" -- Cars, Electronics, and Consumer Products

A new IBM (NYSE: IBM) consulting offering can help clients make their products more eco-friendly from development and manufacturing through delivery and use to end-of-life reclamation and recycling.

Ranging across products as diverse as cars, tractors, televisions, electric shavers, even food and clothing, the IBM Environmental Product Lifecycle Management offering assists clients in analyzing every phase of a product's existence and designing it to be environmentally friendly from the beginning. This includes considering the materials used to make and package it, the energy needed to produce it, transport and use it, and designing it to be refurbished or recycled when it's no longer useable.

"The days of using inordinate amounts of energy, toxic chemicals and wasteful packaging to create throwaway products that just get tossed in the landfill are coming to an end," said Mark Wilterding, IBM's global leader for product lifecycle management consulting. "Governments, environmental advocacy groups, and most of all consumers are demanding that companies do better, and designing a product from the start to be eco-friendly throughout its lifetime is the most effective way to do that."

Increasing government regulations require that companies think about the overall ecological impact of their products or face rising penalties, while more and more customers are expressing a preference for "greener" products. Both expect companies to plan for energy efficiency and proper disposal of products at end of life. In addition, the rising costs of energy and materials associated with making, packaging and selling any product can have a significant impact on a company's bottom line.

Companies that take a comprehensive approach to designing environmentally friendly products can not only avoid penalties and increase efficiency while lowering costs, but also have the opportunity to increase market share and revenue. Oftentimes, such "green" products are extensions of a brand or even support new product innovation.

IBM has extensive experience with many of these design-to-disposal capabilities within its own operations. The company created its product stewardship program in 1991, covering design for recycling, use of recycled plastics, product energy efficiency, and use of environmentally friendly materials and processes. The company has offered take-back programs for some products since 1989, and IBM processes more than 49,000 metric tons of products and product waste annually, with less than 1 percent of it going to landfills.

IBM's Environmental PLM offering is relevant to product and service offerings across all industries, but in particular to clients in sectors such as automotive, heavy equipment, electronics, and consumer products ranging from food to apparel.

The offering provides an overall analysis of a product's lifecycle, taking into account current environmental concerns, regulations and business issues, and industry best practices. Based on that analysis, IBM can help the client understand any gaps in its current practices, develop realistic targets for reducing the environmental impact of its products and establish a strategic plan of initiatives to meet those targets.

From that plan, IBM can help the client build new design-for-environment capabilities, integrating them into existing processes to improve the environmental competitiveness of its operations and products.

Through this offering, IBM can help clients develop the following processes:

-- Design for compliance -- ensuring products meet new regulatory requirements for energy usage, material safety, etc.;

-- Design for end-of-life management -- designing a product so that it is easy to refurbish and reuse or disassemble and recycle;

-- Lifecycle assessment and carbon footprint reduction -- reducing the environmental impact of producing the product, shipping it, use by the consumer, and reclamation and recycling, by evaluating carbon trade-offs through the manufacturing, distribution and transportation processes;

-- Material selection -- choosing materials that are renewable, recyclable and non-toxic;

-- Packaging design -- designing packaging to minimize waste and make it lighter and easier to recycle;

-- Project delivery acceleration -- reducing the time it takes to get eco-friendly products from the drawing board to market.

An IBM global survey on corporate social responsibility with more than 250 c-suite executives showed that most see CSR activities as an opportunity to gain competitive advantage and grow revenue. Additionally IBM's biennial global survey of more than 1,100 CEOs showed that the majority of them plan to increase their investments in CSR by 25 percent over the next three years.

Environmental PLM joins a growing list of consulting offerings from IBM designed to help clients address CSR issues throughout their operations, including the Carbon Trade-off Modeler, the CSR Assessment and Benchmarking offerings, and Green Sigma™.

You can access IBM's global CSR survey at www.ibm.com/gbs/csrstudy. To read IBM's CEO study, go here: http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/gbs/bus/html/ceostudy2008.html

To learn more about IBM's PLM consulting offerings, go to: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/plm/services/

To read IBM's paper on carbon management, go to: http://www-935.ibm.com/services/us/index.wss/ibvstudy/gbs/a1029278?cntxt=a1005268

Maker of ESPRIT CAM Software, expands agreement with Siemens PLM Software to include CAM modeling based on Parasolid in each ESPRIT license

Camarillo, Calif — DP Technology, an innovative leader in the computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) sector and author of the ESPRIT® CAM systems, recently signed an agreement with Siemens PLM Software — a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services — to extend the use of Parasolid® software, a geometric modeling component for demanding 3D applications, in its ESPRIT CAM software.

The standard base license of the ESPRIT 2000 series will now utilize the Parasolid Designer level functionality, thereby offering the advanced solid modeling capabilities of ESPRIT, previously an optional product, as a standard component of the software. The ESPRIT Mold version of the software will, for the first time, utilize Parasolid Communicator as part of its standard base license.

“Utilizing this new technology, ESPRIT will now offer significantly more modeling and interoperability capabilities within the ESPRIT base license,” said Chuck Mathews, DP’s vice president. “Interoperatbility that was previously unavailable within ESPRIT Mold and advanced modeling capabilities that were optionally available at additional cost are now both included within the base product. The change provides our customers with significantly more capability and value.”

“As the PLM industry’s leading provider of open solutions, we are pleased when a progressive company like DP Technology leverages one of our software components to enhance value for their customers,” said Chris Kelley, vice president of Partner and Platform Marketing, Siemens PLM Software. “With today’s announcement, the robust quality and functionality of Parasolid is now available to every ESPRIT customer.”

Existing ESPRIT customers with active software maintenance contracts will receive these upgrades at no additional cost as part of their existing service agreement with DP Technology.


ESPRIT is a high-performance computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) system for a full range of machine tool applications. ESPRIT delivers powerful full-spectrum programming for 2–5 axis milling, 2–22 axis turning, 2–5 axis wire EDM, multitasking mill-turn machining and B-axis machine tools, and high-speed 3- and 5-axis machining.

ESPRIT’s high-performance capabilities include machining any part geometry (solid, surface, or wireframe), universal post processing to format G-code for virtually any machine tool, and solid simulation and verification with dry runs rendered in dynamic solids for optimal part quality and consistency. ESPRIT is 100 percent pure Windows®, and provides a comfortable and familiar user interface for maximum productivity.

ESPRIT’s multitasking component provides powerful capabilities for driving mill-turn machines, multi-axis lathes, and Swiss-style machine tools. ESPRIT provides synchronization of simultaneous cutting cycles using any combination of turrets and spindles for milling or turning, factory-certified post processors for all the leading multitasking machine tools, and dynamic solid simulations for dry run verification of the machining processes.

The ESPRIT CAM system reflects over 20 years of research and development, and ESPRIT’s partnerships with the world’s premiere machine tool builders confirm the leading position ESPRIT has earned in the CAM software market. CNC programmers in every manufacturing sector, from medical to aerospace, rely on ESPRIT to meet their demanding machine tool programming requirements.

About DP Technology

DP Technology is a computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software market leader with a mission to provide CNC programmers with the most powerful CAM software ever. DP Technology’s flagship product, ESPRIT, captures the company’s vision of technology’s potential and its passion for excellence.
DP Technology maintains its worldwide headquarters in Camarillo, Calif., and product development teams in California and Florence, Italy. Sales and support operations are located in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

Autodesk Student Engineering and Design Community is Redesigned and Reaches Record Number of Members

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- More than 350,000 students and educators around the world take advantage of tools and resources provided by Autodesk and partners

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Just in time for the Back to School season, Autodesk has redesigned its Student Engineering and Design Community website with a new look and feel that is more closely aligned with other popular social networking sites frequented by students. The enhanced Student Community offers several new features and benefits to more than 350,000 students and educators.

"Having access to free software in the Autodesk Student Community is crucial for future professional designers," said Roland Cernat, winner of the Industrial Design category of the Student Design Challenge and the Sustainable Design Grand Prize. "The broad range of programs available in the community gives me the opportunity to easily try out and choose the programs that best match my needs. As an industrial design student I use Autodesk AliasStudio software, and while learning the curriculum, the community was the primary place I went to get help, stay up-to-date and much more. The community has been vital in giving me the right tools and guidance to be prepared for the requirements of my future job."

In addition to a new look and feel, the redesign introduces the following member benefits:

-- More community interaction, similar to Facebook social networking,
profile sharing, blogging and news feeds
-- A Career Hidden List Center that includes robust job search
technology, employer profiles, and career advice
-- Community TV, which allows users to showcase their work and increase
awareness for the Student Community on the Google-YouTube network
-- Directed learning path to guide members through the design process and
use of design software
-- Community RSS newsfeed
-- Easier access with a new widget that faculty can post on their school's
intranet site allowing their students one-click access
-- A more robust search tool

"We developed a large portion of the redesign and new features based on our members' input. We created the Student Community to provide students with the vital tools and information they need to learn the design process and be successful in their careers. Educators benefit by having access to our software, curriculum and faculty-only forum and discussion groups," said Paul Mailhot, director of worldwide education programs at Autodesk. "This redesign comes on the heels of many recent milestones for Autodesk Education, including the global "Build Something" student design contest, the launch of the China Student Community, and the release of our new Autodesk VEX Robotics curriculum."

Since September 2006, the Autodesk Student Engineering and Design Community has attracted members from more than 16,600 schools in 137 countries, Over 350,000 members have downloaded approximately 650,000 copies of Autodesk's award-winning 3D design software solutions.

Partner Offers Student Editions of Software

Recognizing the momentum and impact of the Autodesk Student Community, software partner RISA Technologies is joining the initiative by providing the next generation of design and engineering professionals with student editions of their products free of charge.

When members visit the Learning and Tutorials section of the online community, they can find software and related learning tools. For example, RISA Technologies offers free student versions of RISA-3D and RISAFloor structural engineering software applications for analysis and design.

About Autodesk Education

Autodesk supports students and educators by providing powerful 2D and 3D design software, innovative programs and resources designed to inspire the next generation of professionals to experience their ideas before they're real. By supporting educators to advance design education and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills, Autodesk is helping prepare students for future academic and career success. Autodesk supports schools and institutions of higher learning worldwide through substantial discounts, subscriptions, grant programs, training, curricula development and community resources. For more information about Autodesk education programs and solutions, visit www.autodesk.com/education.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art Digital Prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk, visit autodesk.com.

*Free products are subject to the terms and conditions of the end-user license agreement that accompanies download of the software.

Focus software adds speed and versatility to the Digital Inspection Process

Leuven– Metris (Euronext – MTRS) releases Focus Scan 5.1 and Inspection 9.1, which streamline the Digital Inspection Process and embed it into the CAD-centric design-through-manufacturing process, saving both time and money. Metris Focus is a fully featured software suite for point cloud data acquisition and inspection. For non-contact 3D metrology applications, Focus drives the Digital Inspection Process by reducing manual operation and delivering maximum analysis flexibility. Focus Scan 5.1 and Inspection 9.1 offer a short learning curve for novice users while providing advanced users with powerful processing capabilities.

Accelerating and simplifying metrology

Metris delivers on its vision of realizing the Digital Inspection Process. Instead of performing inspection on the physical part, Metris introduces a digital inspection process, during which automated measurement and inspection routines run on the acquired digital model data of the part. Metris’ Digital Inspection Process offers distinct advantages: straightforward data collection any operator can perform, a fast procedure without further reliance on the physical test object, and full flexibility in terms of when and where analysis is performed and what level of analysis detail is required.

Point cloud datasets are at the core of the digital inspection process, as they represent digital copies of the measured objects. 3D laser scanning and computed tomography (CT) scanning capture the surface and the interior structure of parts, respectively. Through efficient point cloud data acquisition and inspection, Focus software enables users to take advantage of the typical automation capabilities and flexibility benefits of an entirely digital metrology workflow.

Fast digitizing and point cloud software innovations are key enablers of the digital inspection process. Straightforward off-line measurement preparation and versatile point cloud processing make it possible to tune final part design thoroughly and efficiently. Detailed digital verification ensures that molds, tools and first parts meet geometric quality standards. Also in production, Focus-driven inspection efficiently monitors product quality to detect tool wear or other changes in the fabrication process. This illustrates how Focus adds speed and versatility to the development and production of machined metal, composite or plastic parts.

Speed up CMM-based measurement with Focus Scan 5.1

Although laser scanning requires minimum path programming compared to the traditional programming of many touch sensor points, Focus Scan 5.1 speeds up data acquisition even further. Focus Scan Off-line automatically generates laser scanner motion path and head orientation on the basis of CAD data, providing full coverage of the selected freeform scan surfaces. To further streamline feature inspection, Focus reads in product manufacturing information (PMI) from CAD in order to automatically calculate feature tolerance information. This avoids manual entry of dimensions and tolerances, which is time-consuming and represents a major source of errors.

Focus Scan’s fast measurement preparation enables users to start 3D scanning minutes after reading in the CAD file. After loading the appropriate scan program, no further operator interaction is needed to complete the CMM scanning job. Focus Scan 5.1 evidently supports Metris LC60D, the new revolutionary laser scanner that triples traditional scan rates and eliminates user interaction when scanning components with varying color or high reflectivity. As Focus Scan 5.1 software is compatible with Renishaw and Metrolog CMM controllers and most CMM brands – including Metris LK/C3, Mitutoyo, Hexagon (DEA, Brown & Sharpe), Wenzel, Zeiss, Dukin and Mora – 3D scanning is readily available for most scanning jobs.

Complete functionality packaged into Focus Inspection

Focus Inspection offers the most complete set of functions for digital surface and feature inspection. Digital inspection of casted or stamped metal parts as well as machined composite, aluminum or injection-molded plastic components, drives faster and higher-quality product development and fabrication.

Through close collaboration with major car OEMs, Focus Inspection integrates unique sheet metal functions, ranging from user-configurable calipers for flush-and-gap analysis to hard-to-measure diamond pin, T-stud and fir tree 3D features. Virtual assembly in Focus Inspection enables distributed engineering and production teams to trace and resolve fabrication issues before production kick-off. Focus Inspection reports, which instantly reveal local geometry deviations by means of 3D feature and full part-to-CAD comparison plots, can be interactively analyzed using the free downloadable Focus Viewer.

As the accurate digital representation of the actual test part forms the basis for Focus Inspection, the software provides full flexibility as to where and when inspection is executed. Focus Inspection supports fast and straightforward routine quality checks as well as more in-depth inspection for development and troubleshooting purposes. Without requiring programming skills, Focus users can select and activate the desired measurement and analysis actions, or graphically line up sequential action steps for automatic execution. Focus Inspection offers a fully configurable analysis module for digital turbine blade inspection, for example, that automates the entire process and delivers full section and edge surface analysis results.

Focus Inspection 9.1 further increases post-processing versatility

Focus Inspection 9.1 supports point clouds of infinite size on 64-bit computers, and considerably increases the speed of a broad range of actions, including filtering, subtraction, global comparison, and meshing. Today, Focus Inspection software covers enhanced clipping-planes functionality for unambiguous CT-scan interpretation and the most complete GD&T implementation that is compliant with the ASME Y14.5M standard.

Furthermore, Focus Inspection 9.1 includes CAD importers update to ACIS R18 and extended best-fit capabilities to facilitate automation and eliminate manual interaction. The new “positive best fit” option is very helpful for casting and milling applications. As this option retains only positive deviations after best fit, it determines whether a final part can be extracted from a larger rough object by only removing excess material. The “automatic start position” option bypasses manual work when aligning measured and nominal models. The complete functionality of the Focus software suite is packaged into a task-specific user interface that supports intuitive manual and fast automatic operation.

CATI Announces New Locations for SolidWorks 2009 Launch Events

Buffalo Grove, IL – SolidWorks Reseller, Computer Aided Technology, Inc., announces eight new locations for SolidWorks 2009 launch events. www.cati.com.

The below dates have been added due to an increasing demand for SolidWorks 2009 launch events:

Green Bay, WI: October 13, 2008
Appleton, WI: October 14, 2008
Elkhart, IN: October 21, 2008
Joliet, IL: October 22, 2008
Rockford, IL: November 4, 2008
Madison, WI: November 5, 2008
Evansville, IN: December 9, 2008
Louisville, KY: December 10, 2008

Originally scheduled events will take place on:
Brookfield, WI: October 1, 2008
Schaumburg, IL: October 2, 2008
Indianapolis, IN: October 7, 2008

Each event consists of an AM and PM session. The AM session is for engineers, engineering managers, and designers who are interested in learning more about 3D design. The PM session will introduce what is new in SolidWorks 2009 and is for users who want to learn more about the new 2009 features.

For more information and to register for these events please visit, http://www.cati.com/solidworks_launch2009_main.html, or contact Liz Humrickhouse at 888.308.2284 ext. 1203.

About CATI
Computer Aided Technology, Inc. (CATI), headquartered in Buffalo Grove, IL, provides the Midwest with seven full-service training facilities, supporting Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin. CATI creates competitive advantage for manufacturing clients by leveraging an industry-experienced team and leading technology solutions. CATI is the Nation's original resource for SolidWorks and the Midwest's leading support and services team. CATI has two wholly-owned subsidiaries; www.inflow-tech.com and www.callsts.com serving customers world-wide. To see our company profile, visit http://www.cati.com/company_profile.htm.

ZWCAD Leads the Initiative of China CAD Software Vendor Alliance

GUANGZHOU, China, -- ZWCAD Software Co. Ltd. (ZWSOFT) has just successfully accomplished its "China CAD Software Solution Tour" by leading a series of national seminars organized by China CAD Software Vendor Alliance.

These seminars spread over 14 cities (i.e. Wuhan, Shanghai, Harbin, Guangzhou, Xian, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Shenzhen, etc.), highlighting the latest 'state-of-the-art' CAD technologies of ZWCAD and showcasing customized CAD solutions to industry professionals.

With the information explosion in the software industry, CAD has become the third most important software after "Operating Systems" and "Office Software." Today CAD is widely deployed all over the world in engineering, manufacturing, construction, electronics and many other industries.

Especially in recent years, many CAD developers in China have made great progress and ZWSOFT is one of them. Now the company is recognized as a leading supplier of CAD software in China for its innovative and leadership position in the industry.

On May 27, 2008, ZWSOFT worked closely with 8 professional CAD software developers (i.e. ExplorerSoft, Tsinghua Sware, Hongye Technology, Superb Hi-tech, and Tianhe Soft), jointly announcing the establishment of "China CAD Software Vendor Alliance." The objective of the Alliance is to strengthen cooperation and communication between CAD developers in China and provide leading edge technologies and service to customers.

After that, the Alliance, led by ZWSOFT, launched China CAD Software Solution Tour in all major cities in China. More than 5000 visitors, including governmental institutes, members of the Alliance, CAD developers, distributors, end-users, TV and radio media, came to witness the great innovation of China CAD software, as well as the technological breakthrough of ZWCAD.

The tour received great success, with the increase of recognition from the industry. Many associations, institutes and enterprises show great interest in ZWCAD, trying to seek for both technological and strategic cooperation.

About ZWCAD Software Co., Ltd.

ZWCAD Software Co., Ltd. (ZWSOFT) is an outstanding supplier of CAD solutions. Founded in 1998, ZWSOFT is headquartered in Guangzhou, China, with branches in Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan. Today, it employs more than 300 staff and is closely supported by a highly skilled network of strategic partners, distributors and resellers.

As the flagship product of ZWSOFT, ZWCAD meets the needs of broad-based target groups of 2D/3D design industry, including architecture, engineering, construction, mechanics, manufacturing and electronics industries. So far, ZWCAD has fast become the leading brand in China's CAD industry and now competes successfully in over 65 countries, with 100,000 users throughout the world.

Power & Industrial Systems Performance Group of HYOSUNG Expands Use of Siemens PLM Software's Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology

Power & Industrial Systems Performance Group of HYOSUNG to Deploy Additional Seats of Solid Edge with Synchronous Technology to Enhance and Accelerate its Process of Innovation

SEOUL, Korea, and PLANO, Texas, - Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division and a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services, today announced they are providing Power & Industrial Systems Performance Group of HYOSUNG with additional seats of Solid Edge® software with Synchronous Technology, bringing their total seat count of Siemens PLM Software technology to more than 100.

Power & Industrial Systems Performance Group of HYOSUNG, which originally deployed Solid Edge in 2001, will expand its existing deployment of Solid Edge with additional seats to accelerate its process of innovation and improve its product development quality, while reducing time to market. The company has conducted a series of customized Solid Edge training sessions for its new and existing designers and plans to use the software for all current and future design processes.

Solid Edge with synchronous technology is a core component of the Velocity Series™ portfolio and combines the speed and flexibility of direct modeling with the precise control of dimension-driven design, providing a fast, flexible design experience.

Power & Industrial Systems Performance Group of HYOSUNG currently uses the Teamcenter® platform, Siemens PLM Software’s digital lifecycle management solution, as its product data management solutions to enhance process transparency and information sharing across the enterprise.

"The new version of Solid Edge with synchronous technology allows Korean companies to enhance their process of innovation," said Kwon Kyung Ryul, vice president and managing director, Siemens PLM Software, Korea. "Siemens PLM software will continuously endeavor to provide industry leading solutions to leading Korean corporations like Power & Industrial Systems Performance Group of HYOSUNG."
About Power & Industrial Systems Performance Group of HYOSUNG

Power & Industrial Systems Performance Group of HYOSUNG reports an outstanding growth rate among the 7 performance groups (PG) of Hyosung Group, one of Korea’s leading enterprises with business areas from textile to heavy industries with strong performance in trade as well as chemicals, construction and information communications. Based on this growth rate, its businesses covers more than 150 countries with global network in North America, Europe, South-east Asia and the Middle East and it expects to achieve more than USD 1.9 billion this year. For more information on Power & Industrial Systems Performance Group of HYOSUNG, please visit www.hyosung.com.
About Siemens PLM Software

Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Industry Automation Division, is a leading global provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software and services with 5.5 million licensed seats and 51,000 customers worldwide. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, Siemens PLM Software’s open enterprise solutions enable a world where organizations and their partners collaborate through Global Innovation Networks to deliver world-class products and services. For more information on Siemens PLM Software products and services, visit www.siemens.com/plm.
About Siemens Industry Automation Division

The Siemens Industry Automation Division (Nuremberg), a division of the Siemens Industry Sector, is a worldwide leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Its portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industry to solutions for whole industries and systems that encompass the automation of entire automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value added chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales and a wide range of maintenance services.

Note: Siemens and the Siemens logo are registered trademarks of Siemens AG. Solid Edge, Velocity Series and Teamcenter are trademarks or registered trademarks of Siemens Product Lifecycle Management Software Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and in other countries. All other trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks belong to their respective holders.

Delcam Crispin to show orthotics software at podiatrists’ conference

Delcam Crispin will demonstrate its OrthoModel software for the design and manufacture of orthotic insoles at the Annual Conference of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists to be held in Bournemouth from 23rd to 25th October. OrthoModel is the latest addition to the company’s comprehensive range of software for the footwear industry. The highly-automated system provides a complete solution, from the import of scanned data from the customer to the machining of the orthotic, that produces high-quality insoles for both the comfort and medical markets.

The complete OrthoModel process is driven by a series of easy-to-use menus that incorporate the specific terminology used by the industry to describe the various features of the orthotic. These menus have been developed in association with a number of orthotics’ manufacturers to ensure that the system can be used by technicians in the industry without any need for training in general CADCAM technology.

The software is also completely "open” in that it can take data from any scanning system or use manual measurements, and can output machining instructions to any milling machine. Delcam Crispin is happy to recommend the type of equipment that is required to companies that are new to computer-aided manufacturing.

Once the customer’s details have been imported, OrthoModel includes a full range of options to design the orthotic, including features such as Kirby skive, cobra cut-out, deep heel cups and medial arch flange. Text and logos can be added to the design to engrave customer details and/or company information.

OrthoModel can then arrange a series of orthotics inside a block to give the most efficient use of material and automatically add the machining tabs needed to hold the items in place during machining. The complete set of toolpaths for the group of items can then be created automatically. The resulting toolpaths can be simulated on the computer to check that the results are exactly as required.

Using OrthoModel reduces the time needed to prepare orthotics so giving the faster turn-around times that customers demand. In addition, the use of computer-based design and manufacturing techniques brings the benefits of accuracy and quality to the orthotics industry that are already enjoyed by other sectors of footwear manufacturing.

Delcam to show PowerMILL strengths on Mazak Integrex at BIMU

Delcam will demonstrate the strengths of its award-winning PowerMILL CAM software with live demonstrations on a Mazak Integrex machine at the BIMU exhibition to be held in Milan from 3rd to 7th October. The latest version of Delcam’s CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining offers a more complete solution for complex machine tools like the Integrex, together with more control for experienced machinists that know exactly how they wish to machine a particular part. The program will also include a range of enhancements to existing functionality to enable both faster programming and faster machining.

More machining control

Much recent development in PowerMILL has focussed on making it easier for inexperienced and casual users to generate high-quality toolpaths for high-speed and five-axis machines tools. However, very experienced users, with the most sophisticated machine tools, tend to know exactly how they want to manufacture a particular part, or undertake a particular operation. They need greater control over the results that their software can give to achieve maximum productivity, even if this requires more skill and experience with the program.

PowerMILL 9 gives them this control by making it easier for experienced users to generate toolpaths based on any 3D curve. This was possible previously using PowerMILL’s pattern machining commands but the new approach makes it easier both to create the required 3D curve and to drive the cutter along it.

A more complete solution

"Ever since its first release, PowerMILL has focussed on the more complex parts of any manufacturing operation,” explained Delcam’s CAM Development Director Steve Hobbs. "Many of our toolmaking customers tend to program the simpler tasks, like sizing the starting block of material, and finishing operations, such as cutting off, on the machine tool control rather than by off-line programming. However, as we have become more established in production machining, a growing number of our customers want to program everything with their CAM system. This has always been possible in PowerMILL but the new options in PowerMILL 9 will make the complete programming process much easier.”

Using a completely offline approach to programming gives other benefits as well. Firstly, it ensures that a fully-detailed record is maintained of the whole manufacturing process. This will make it easier for jobs to be repeated by different staff, or even at different locations, and will ensure a consistent approach is maintained whenever and wherever a part is produced subsequently.

Secondly, it makes simulation of the complete process easier and more reliable. The simulation can begin from the starting block of material, rather than the user having to produce a model of the stock remaining after the manually-programmed operations have been completed.

Faster programming and machining

PowerMILL 9 includes a range of enhancements to give faster programming and faster machining. "Originally, many customers would buy PowerMILL simply because it was the only CAM system that could machine their components or tooling,” explained Mr. Hobbs. "Now, while there are some other CAM systems that can be used to manufacture complex parts, these cannot match the speed and quality of both programming and machining that our customers can achieve with PowerMILL.”

PowerMILL 9 incorporates a number of improvements to reduce calculation times, together with some simplification of the user interface that makes it easier to select the required command and so makes programming faster. In addition, toolpath ordering has been made more efficient, especially for roughing and rest machining, so ensuring that the cutter speeds more time machining and minimal time making air moves.

"These enhancements may not grab as many headlines as completely new machining strategies,” admitted Mr. Hobbs. "However, they are vital to our customers that need to increase their productivity and reduce their lead times in order to maximise their competitiveness.”

HP Names Raj Gupta to Board of Directors

PALO ALTO, Calif: HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that Raj Gupta, chairman and chief executive officer of Rohm and Haas Company, has been elected to serve on the HP board of directors.

Gupta will join the board in January 2009, bringing the total number of members to 11, ten of whom are outside directors.

“For nine years as chairman and CEO, Raj Gupta has successfully guided Rohm and Haas through today’s ever-evolving global business environment,” said Mark Hurd, HP chairman and chief executive officer. “We look forward to welcoming his financial, operational and corporate governance expertise to the HP board of directors.”

Gupta, 62, has served in his current position at Rohm and Haas, a worldwide producer of specialty materials, since October 1999. Previously, he occupied various other positions at Rohm and Haas since first joining the company in 1971, including vice chairman from 1998 to 1999; director of the Electronic Materials business from 1996 to 1999; and vice president and regional director of the company’s Asia-Pacific region from 1993 to 1998. Gupta also is a director of The Vanguard Group and Tyco International Ltd.

About HP

HP, the world’s largest technology company, provides printing and personal computing products and IT services, software and solutions that simplify the technology experience for consumers and businesses. HP completed its acquisition of EDS on Aug. 26, 2008. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com/.

RuleDesigner Suite Already Available for SolidEdge with Synchronous Technology

CESENA , ITALY: ENGINEERING PLM Solutions have confirmed that RuleDesigner PDM v2008, RuleDesigner Configurator v2008 and RuleDesigner document v2008 are available for SolidEdge with Synchronous Technology. Companies using the RuleDesigner technology can take advantage of the speed and productivity enhancements in SolidEdge with ST soon.

The next release of SolidEdge is upcoming and ENGINEERING PLM Solutions has already ensured that RuleDesigner Suite is ready for SolidEdge with ST.

About RuleDesigner

The RuleDesigner Suite is a set of PLM applications that, capturing the rules on how company define, design, produce and sell their products, allow CAD users to concentrate effort on their preferred activity: designing innovative and succesful products. RuleDesigner PDM simplifies and automates process and product configuration, attributes and part numbers definitions, vaulting, ECOs and all the repetitive and time consuming tasks, such as drawing, printing, file conversion, PDF creation and more.

Based on the concept of capturing a company's know-how through rules, the RuleDesigner Suite can automate many of the activities that CAD users execute when they design new products. Allowing them to concentrate on the design process itself, rather than spending hours filling in product information, is the primary benefit of RuleDesigner Suite. Users can access the RuleDesigner Suite directly from within the users interface of SolidEdge.

The modular packaging of RuleDesigner PDM allows companies of any size to benefit from its functionalities. As an example, engineers and designers can use RuleDesigner PDM and SolidEdge to automate the generation of part numbers for each new component, and be driven by a simple user interface in the definition of the attributes that are relevant for specific categories. Company standards can be defined and rules can be set to automate the attributes assignment in order to minimize user input and dramatically reduce the possibilities for mistakes. Part descriptions can be automatically generated by compounding other attributes, ensuring consistency and avoiding the duplication of components under different part-numbers.

Sep 24, 2008

Tata Elxsi inks MoU with Belgian company Open Engineering

New Delhi: Tata Elxsi, the embedded technology arm of the Tata group today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Open Engineering, the R&D subsidiary of the Belgium headquartered Samtech Group, Europe’s leading provider of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software.

As per the MoU, Tata Elxsi will be Open Engineering’s exclusive partner in India for the distribution and support of OOFELIE®, a multi-physics numerical simulation professional software dedicated to provide an open powerful but easy to use CAD CAE all-in-one solution for industrial engineering departments and research centers.

The MoU was signed today in the presence of H.E. Jean-Claude Marcourt, Honourable Minister for Economy, Employment, Foreign Trade and Heritage, Government of the Wallonia, Region of Belgium between Mr. Igor Klapka, CEO, Open Engineering and Mr. M.M Prasad, General Manager & Head, System Integration Services, Tata Elxsi Limited.

OOFELIE framework is a design flow software tool for rapid virtual prototyping, parametric simulations, and design optimization for electromechanical systems. It automatically generates meshes from parametric geometries, solves complete multi-physics problems, and provides customized parametric designs. Open Engineering, has developed OOFELIE® for modeling and design of electro, thermal, optical and mechanical systems, integrating electrostatic effects, acoustics, phase change and fluids. Open Engineering also provides project and product design services, and participates in joint industry and academia R&D partnerships for the next generation of sensors and actuators, including micro technologies constraints.

Mr. MM Prasad, General Manager & Head, System Integration Services, Tata Elxsi Limited said, “Increasingly industrial designers and design engineers are looking for cutting edge solutions that can improve product styling and functionalities, enhance product quality and maximize productivity, crunch time to benefit and cost, ensure seamless communication with downstream engineering teams, and incorporate customer feedback loops in the prototype stage itself. The partnership with Open Engineering will enable us to address the growing requirements of the CAE market segments in India such as Automotive, Aerospace, Defence, Research and Education, offering them the support they need when it comes to implementing cost-effective technologically advanced solutions in the shortest possible time “

Mr. Igor Klapka, CEO, Open Engineering said, “By managing an open industrial CAD-CAE multidisciplinary simulation flow, our software products respond to the increasing needs of engineers and designers to have the best advanced fine, accurate and adapted answer to their more and more complex problems, giving them fast, parameterized and industrially improved models’ prototypes. Due to the high technology level of this offer, we need to find high-level market entrance partners. In TATA ELXSI we not only found a technologically trust worthy distributor for India, but also a real partner with industrial added value for our users, which will support them even on the most complex areas like, for example, on thermo mechanical effects, vibro-acoustics radiations, mechanical-optics coupling, fluids-structure interaction, electromagnetic impact, Mems design, piezoelectric systems, etc.”

Rs.10 crore rolling venture capital fund set up to support young designers

Shri Kamal Nath, Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, has announced the setting up of a Rolling Fund at National Design Business Incubator (NDBI), which is an initiative of the National Institute of Design (NID) to support young designers aspiring to become entrepreneurs in the field of design. “Needy young designers desirous of pursuing their business ideas through incubation route at NDBI can now avail this Rolling Fund support”, he informed.

The Minister further stated that the major objective of the Incubator (NDBI) is to kindle spirit of innovation ingrained in the creative culture of designers paving the path for creation of a new breed of “Designpreneurs”, and in addition, the government has agreed to permit the NID faculty to have a share in their consultancy work. The pattern of consultancy sharing would be on the lines of other premier educational institutions in India such as IITs and IIMs.

National Design Business Incubator set up by NID in 2005 is aimed at building on India’s design strengths aimed at making “made in India, designed for the world” a reality. The first and only design-led business incubator in the country set up with the support of DST, NDBI helps young designers turn their innovative ideas and concepts into successful competitive businesses by providing an environment where they can develop the essentials of business management skills and systems.

Lack of adequate support in pursuing their ideas into business models has so far been a debilitating factor for young designers in setting up their start-up businesses. In spite of having excellent business ideas, designers so far have not been able to pursue their design enabled business instincts in view of the above situation. This has forced most of them to take up jobs though they wanted to be entrepreneurs.

Design and innovation are inextricably linked, the distinction between them often blurred. The design process guides the transformation of innovation into fully functional, marketable products and services. It is design which links technology to the needs and desires of markets. The need to set up a separate Rolling Fund has arisen especially when most of the financial institutions do not support young designers who are fresh, and first generation entrepreneurs just out of the academic institutions, without industrial experience.

Autodesk Manufacturing Academy Offers Real-World Training


The Autodesk Manufacturing Academy offers you a unique educational forum to learn practical and proven methods for applying Autodesk solutions including Autodesk Inventor, Vault, Productstream, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Electrical, and AutoCAD P&ID.

This event allows Autodesk users to maintain their competitive edge and keep their skills up to date by attending Southern California’s only training event that is:

* Taught by power users from local manufacturing companies and KETIV’s Application Engineers
* Dedicated to mechanical design professionals using AutoCAD and Inventor
* Offering a diverse selection of 12 relevant and valuable training classes


Committed to the engineering community, KETIV offers events such as the Autodesk Manufacturing Academy and the Southern California Autodesk Design and Manufacturing Solutions User Group to provide a venue for mechanical designers and engineers to learn from others within the Autodesk community.


KETIV Technologies is a leading Autodesk solutions provider with 25 years’ experience delivering CAD software and services in the Southwest United States. With headquarters located in Southern California, KETIV serves the entire state of California, Arizona, and Nevada.


Date: Sept. 25, 2008, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Cerritos Sheraton (http://www.ketivtech.com/ama_2008_location.php)

Cost: $295 Standard, $195 for Subscription Users (includes breakfast and lunch)

Registration: RSVP required at www.ketivtech.com/ama or call 1.866.465.3848

Autodesk, AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, and Productstream are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

© 2008 KETIV Technologies of California, Inc. All rights reserved.

Largest ANSYS International Conference To Date Underscores Increasing Value of Engineering Simulation

SOUTHPOINTE, Pa.,September 24, 2008— ANSYS, Inc. (NASDAQ: ANSS), a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, today announced that its 2008 International ANSYS Conference: Inspiring Engineering, the largest such event to date, offered attendees a wealth of opportunities to learn about best practices for using simulation as a critical element of both product and process development strategies. Designers, engineers and other technical personnel along with managers and executives from 30-plus countries and approximately 30 industries took advantage of the plethora of technical presentations, the World of Inspiration Expo, social networking activities, hands-on software demonstrations and roundtable panel discussions.

The conference showcased how global, innovative companies use engineering simulation to inspire their designs, resulting in improved products and processes. “The International ANSYS Conference opened my eyes to a whole new world of ANSYS tools and capabilities. You can count on seeing me back next year,” said Gerin Goldensoph from Carleton Life Support Systems, a world leader in the application of air separation technology for aviation applications.

“It was great to share some knowledge with colleagues; maybe the answer to our problem was right next door. And it was a good opportunity to know lots of people with the same problem, solving it in different ways,” said Luis Vidriales from Mabe, a major producer of appliances in Mexico.

“The ANSYS conference not only provides opportunities to strengthen your company’s knowledge of ANSYS products, but also provides the user with knowledge they can apply directly to their problems,” said Christopher Johnson from Emerson Process Management, a diversified global manufacturing company.

Other attendees found the conference “a motivating visit” and “a time to get inspired.” Participants were particularly intrigued with the hands-on demonstration area, where they took advantage of the opportunity to try out the functionality in both current and future product releases. The general session featured keynote speakers from BMW Sauber F1 and Boeing – Phantom Works, organizations that are looking to move to the next level of engineering simulation as a mission-critical strategy. ANSYS presenters discussed the trends that are shrinking industry’s margin for error and the possibilities inherent in Simulation Driven Product Development™. During the World of Inspiration Expo, attendees had a chance to “Meet the Founders,” three pioneers who, in their own ways, helped to shape the industry. John Swanson, Zol Cendes and Ferit Boysan, founders of ANSYS, Ansoft and Fluent respectively, were on hand to reflect on the changes in engineering simulation during their careers.

“We designed the 2008 International ANSYS Conference to inspire those who are strategically focused on solving complex engineering simulation challenges at that next level,” said Jim Cashman, president and CEO of ANSYS, Inc. “The success stories presented by attendees show how world-leading companies are using our technology to spark innovation and push the envelope of conventional product designs.”

In late August, the 2008 International ANSYS Conference kicked off a series of regional and industry-specific conferences that will take place around the world this fall. In early September, the ANSYS Automotive Conference was held in Michigan; the Engineering Simulation Energy Conference will take place November 11 and 12 in Houston, Texas, to cover multiple sectors including oil and gas, renewable energy, and nuclear power. Regional user conferences are scheduled for China, Korea, Belgium, Turkey, Japan, Germany, France, U.K., Brazil, India, Russia and others countries. For a complete list of conferences, visit http://www.ansys.com/events.asp and select “user conferences.”

About ANSYS, Inc.

ANSYS, Inc., founded in 1970, develops and globally markets engineering simulation software and technologies widely used by engineers and designers across a broad spectrum of industries. The Company focuses on the development of open and flexible solutions that enable users to analyze designs directly on the desktop, providing a common platform for fast, efficient and cost-conscious product development, from design concept to final-stage testing and validation. The Company and its global network of channel partners provide sales, support and training for customers. Headquartered in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., with more than 60 strategic sales locations throughout the world, ANSYS, Inc. and its subsidiaries employ approximately 1,700 people and distribute ANSYS products through a network of channel partners in over 40 countries. Visit www.ansys.com for more information.

ANSYS, ANSYS Workbench, Ansoft, AUTODYN, CFX, FLUENT and any and all ANSYS, Inc. brand, product, service and feature names, logos and slogans are registered trademarks or trademarks of ANSYS, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States or other countries. All other brand, product, service and feature names or trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Autodesk Gallery at One Market Opens in San Francisco, Showcasing Design Process

Interactive Gallery open to industry for discussion and collaboration, exhibits include the Ford Shelby GT500 and the Bay Bridge Seismic Safety Project
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Sept. 24 : Autodesk, Inc., a leader of design and engineering software, today will host the opening of the Autodesk Gallery at One Market in San Francisco, an interactive environment that highlights the impact of software and technology on the process of innovative design.

The 16,500-square-foot Gallery, located at One Market Street, is the first space in the San Francisco Bay Area dedicated to the spirit of design innovation, with 20 exhibits including the California Academy of Sciences, Ford Shelby GT500, Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, Calif., and the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge seismic retrofit. The space is intended as a location where designers can discuss the latest in technology and be inspired by others' work.

"The Autodesk Gallery showcases the work of our customers from across a number of industries, including architects, engineers, manufacturers, film makers, video game developers and artists," said Carl Bass, Autodesk president and CEO. "The exhibits encourage rich conversations about the latest design software and provide an ideal environment for industry collaboration."

The Gallery is also intended to become a meeting space for the design industry. "The Autodesk Gallery is an inspiring space where we can also interact with the community-schools, industry groups and local and visiting designers," said Bass. The Autodesk Gallery will be open to the public on the first Wednesday of each month from 1 to 5 p.m. beginning Oct. 1, 2008.

Designed to achieve a LEED-Commercial Interiors Platinum certification rating, the space takes green interior design to the highest level and includes daylight and views, recycled material, certified renewable lumber, local manufacturing and renewable energy.

For images and more information about the Autodesk Gallery, visit http://www.autodesk.com/thegallery.

About Autodesk

Autodesk, Inc., is a world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets. Since its introduction of AutoCAD software in 1982, Autodesk has developed the broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art Digital Prototyping solutions to help customers experience their ideas before they are real. Fortune 1000 companies rely on Autodesk for the tools to visualize, simulate and analyze real-world performance early in the design process to save time and money, enhance quality and foster innovation. For additional information about Autodesk, visit http://www.autodesk.com.

Arena Solutions Reports 38% Increase in Revenues and Continued Growth in International Customer Base for Second Quarter 2008

FOSTER CITY, CA -- Arena Solutions, the leading provider of on-demand product lifecycle management (PLM) software for manufacturers of all sizes, today announced a 38 percent quarter-over-quarter gain and 103% year-over-year gain in revenues for its second quarter, ended June 30, 2008. During the Q208 quarter, Arena continued to see growth in its customer base, with continued interest from manufacturers outside of the United States. Sales cycles were also considerably shorter, as more than half of all sales closed in eight weeks or less.

Challenging economic conditions inspired many existing customers to work with Arena to maximize their subscriptions and expand their use of Arena PLM to further accelerate product development and optimize the way they handle key processes, such as engineering change management, new product introduction, compliance, and manufacturing outsourcing. These customers clearly see that increasing their investment in on-demand Arena PLM now quickly pays for itself with reduced errors, higher productivity and greater control.

"As a contract manufacturer we get bills of materials (BOMs) in every conceivable form. Arena PLM gives us a central repository, a common format, and revision control that is nearly impossible to maintain otherwise," said Rod Mullins, process engineering manager at Idaho-based Western Electronics. "The ability to lock all data once a product is released to production is key, and the automated routing of BOM changes reduces the time to implement a change and minimizes the potential of a misbuild. This enhanced control and improved communication are especially important during periods of economic slowdown when our customers are even more concerned with avoiding waste, redundancy, and costly errors."

Among the many growing companies who selected Arena PLM during Q208 to streamline their product development processes are Bell Micro, Blue Vector Systems, CoAdna Photonics, Cue Acoustics, Trilliant Networks, Meshnetics, and Navman Wireless. These companies all avoided the high costs, complexities and limitations associated with traditional client/server PLM applications.

Other significant highlights of Q2 2008:

-- Arena Solutions made several new appointments to the management team this quarter to ensure the company continues to expand quickly while optimizing Arena PLM to best solve small and mid-sized manufacturers' key challenges.

-- Arena launched the new Summer '08 release of Arena PLM, filled with improvements in every area of the product and specific emphasis on change management and visibility. Summer '08 solidified Arena PLM as the epicenter of the product development environment and boosted customers' ability to leverage the "single version of the truth" managed in the system.

-- START-IT honored Arena Solutions for its PLM leadership with a position on the magazine's list of Most Influential Manufacturing Technology Providers. Later in Q208, START-IT again honored the company, naming it one of the industry's Hottest Companies of 2008. This marks the company's sixth straight win for its innovative, on-demand PLM technology that helps manufacturers succeed.

-- Arena formed and hosted the inaugural event of the PLM Network to connect PLM software users in a single community and open lines of communication among those who are at the forefront of applying this technology. The forum offers PLM users -- no matter which PLM software they use -- the opportunity to learn best practices, consult experts, discuss unique uses of the software, and share insights with others who share their interests and job challenges.

-- Arena surpassed its 99.5 percent service level agreement for the ninth consecutive quarter, with 100 percent scheduled uptime in Q2 2008 and a continued commitment to building and delivering the most secure, reliable PLM solution available.

"I recently read a statistic from the Aberdeen Group, which said a company is 26% more likely to hit product launch dates, and 17% more likely to meet product revenue targets when it integrates PLM into its enterprise ecosystem," said Craig Livingston, chief executive officer at Arena Solutions. "Hitting key dates and targets is even more critical in challenging economic times. We're thrilled that so many companies recognize the many ways Arena PLM can help them achieve those goals and became new customers during the quarter."

About Arena Solutions

Arena Solutions is the leading provider of on-demand (SaaS) product lifecycle management solutions for manufacturing companies of all sizes. As the only true on-demand, secure Internet-based PLM service, Arena PLM provides a superior alternative to complicated, lengthy and expensive traditional PLM software deployments. Through its award-winning service, Arena enables product manufacturers and their global supply chains to streamline outsourcing, improve operational efficiencies, collaboration and speed time-to-market. Arena PLM has been adopted by more than 15,000 users across companies at all stages of development, including industry leaders Foundry Networks, Color Kinetics, Intuit, Sierra Wireless, Align Technology and more.

Arena Solutions' market-changing approach to PLM has received significant recognition in the industry, including Manufacturing Business Technology's Top 40 Emerging Vendors, the Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100, Industry Week's "Technology of the Year - Notable Innovators" and Start-IT Magazine's "Hottest" Companies and Top 50 Manufacturing Technologies.

Founded in February 2000, Arena Solutions is headquartered in Foster City, California. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.arenasolutions.com.

Arena PLM is a trademark of Arena Solutions, Inc. Other product and company names are the property of their respective holders.